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January 2022 Forecast + First Quarter North Node Horoscopes

JANUARY 2022 FORECAST

The big, collective transit for January 2022 begins on the 18th when the True North Node moves into Taurus. Since May 2020, the True North Node has flitted about in Gemini. With the shift to Taurus, ideas and situations that have existed on the mental plane begin to take physical form.

In the next 18 months, collective destiny moves through a Taurus-Scorpio axis. Humanity will need to face Scorpio South Node’s power struggles, shame, abuse and karmic backlash. We can’t afford to keep crashing and burning. Rather, we’ll make slow, steady progress by taking small, tangible actions. Focus on beauty, true security, good food, and nurturing the body. Patience and persistence win the day.

Mercury stations Retrograde on the 14th, a few days before this shift. No need to rush into the new. Taurus moves slowly, and Mercury Rx encourages us to review, revise and re-evaluate whatever came before. Check and double-check before committing to the change. See more January highlights below:

January 1 Sun trine Uranus. The New Year begins with a bang. Light shines on the cosmic rebel, igniting insights and inspiring off the wall — yet grounded — ideas and solutions.

January 2 New Moon in Capricorn, 1:34 p.m. Eastern. After the Uranian lightning strike, “A FIRE WORSHIPER MEDITATES ON THE ULTIMATE REALITIES OF EXISTENCE.” The Sabian Symbol for this New Year’s New Moon invites us to transcend the current 3D World challenges. 2022 is not just another year of the same old, same old. We associate the mythical phoenix with the sign of Scorpio, but this Capricorn New Moon sets the stage for an entire year of purification and renewal through sacred fire. Focus on Agni and the fire in your solar plexus. Digestion is an alchemical process turning matter into energy, but energy also turns into matter. This theme pervades the entire year. What lights you up? This New Moon coincides with Mercury’s move into Aquarius and follows Jupiter’s recent ingress into Pisces. New energies abound.

January 4-6 Venus in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces. A yummy transit that favors art, beauty, love, and all forms of inspiration and creativity. Write a song or poem, paint a picture. Embrace fashion that supports your values. Tune into higher love and let it wash over you.

January 8-9 Sun conjunct Venus. Another yummy transit as sunshine infuses the goddess of love, beauty, self-esteem and the arts. “Love and light” is more than an expression. It can become a way of life. Pay attention to insights about your relationships and values.

January 10-12 Mars square Neptune. The Warrior has moved through loud and proud Sagittarius since December 13, 2021. For two days, Mars creates friction between individual will and the bigger picture — between ego and collective consciousness. Jupiter rules Sagittarius and co-rules Pisces (with Neptune), so this particular square includes a benediction. A great time for spiritual warriors to get re-inspired by a Higher Power. Tantra, ecstatic dance, fervent prayer, and compassionate courage are all favored at this time.

January 14 Mercury stations Retrograde. Mercury begins this Retrograde in Aquarius and continues back into Capricorn before stationing Direct on February 4. The Retrograde station point exactly squares Uranus in Taurus, cluing us into key themes. The next three weeks offer liberation by reviewing tensions between innovation and tradition, and group identity and membership vs. personal responsibility and sovereignty. Careful analysis and revision bring new ways of understanding 2021’s pervasive Saturn square Uranus energies.

January 17 Full Moon in Cancer, opposite Sun conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, 6:48 p.m. Eastern. After years of orchestrated tensions and pitting of one group against another, this Full Moon in late Cancer opens the door to much needed integration. Deep love can move us beyond surface differences. In primal, natural ways, we are more alike than different.

January 18 True North Node enters Taurus. Newton’s First Law of Motion (also known as the Law of Inertia) explains much about the sign of Taurus: an object at rest will stay at rest, unless acted on by an outside force; an object in motion will stay in motion and on the same trajectory, unless acted on by an outside force. It takes a lot to get Taurus moving, but once in motion, autopilot kicks in. If you don’t like your current trajectory, then use today’s shift as a course correction. Align with your body, your values, and your innate sense of self-esteem. Collective energies trend more solid, tangible, safe and natural. See your individual North Node Horoscope (below) for more personal insights into how the North Node in Taurus will affect your sign.

January 19 Sun enters Aquarius. For one month, the spotlight shines on the sign of friendship, groups, technology, innovation, rebellion and revolution. We move from earthy, traditional Capricorn to a period of new ideas, with a potential for more detached awareness. Aquarius can go a number of ways: celebrating liberty, cooperation, and brotherly love; a descent into mob rule; or systematizing a Borg-like monoculture “for the greater good.” This next month helps us troubleshoot our early journey through the Age of Aquarius.

January 23-31 Venus trine Uranus. A much longer than usual interaction between the goddess of love and the one who resists being tied down. With Venus in Capricorn we’re exploring values and commitments, but also discerning the right relationships and connections. As Kahlil Gibran said, “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.” Venus stations Direct on the 29th in the middle of this Uranian trine — urging us to absorb the liberating lessons from her extensive Rx period. In which areas or relationships are you compromising yourself to the point of prostitution? Free your heart, then follow it.

January 24, 2022 Mars enters Capricorn. This shift from Sagittarius to Capricorn occurs one day before Mercury reenters Capricorn from Aquarius. A double whammy of early and late Capricorn energies amplify Venus spending extra time here, too, with long-term resident Pluto. Mercury Retrograde brings clarity and understanding to the mix. These insights might arise through initial mix-ups that bog down, then clear the air. Mars brings extra determination to find the right structures, passion and leadership to git ‘er done.

January 28-29 Mercury conjunct Pluto. This transit favors deep research, revelations and new understanding about hidden and taboo topics. When issues of shame, power, and manipulation arise, what do we do with them? Shoving these things in a closet only lets them grow. The collective discourse demands we name the elephant in the room, the monster under bed, and the boogie men stealing our children. There is great power in names. Reclaim the strength and courage to speak the unspeakable and give voice to the voiceless.

January 31 (in some locations) New Moon in Aquarius. If you live in or behind the Central US timezone, January ends with a New Moon. Anywhere on Eastern US time or further ahead will begin February with a New Moon. This event loosely conjuncts Saturn, aka “Father Time,” so involving two dates and two months, beginning and end, feels apt. The New Moon point also closely squares Uranus, so we can expect more insights and aha’s about last year’s energies. Although we’ve entered the new, we still have much to glean from 2021.

How January’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This quarterly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

FIRST QUARTER 2022 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 could bring inner friction and turmoil with all the squares to your nodal axis from Capricorn. Relationships are especially “up” for reconsideration during these three months. When you muster courage to face your fears, you’ll gain tremendous ground. Respect your inner patriarch — the part of you who governs your reputation, your ability to lead, and makes sure you get paid what you’re worth. If frustration or irritation arises, consider that an invitation to explore uncomfortable territory. Your Libra South Node would rather avoid conflict, even when discord serves you. By Equinox, you’ll know yourself better, and will be able to act from a more grounded sense of authority.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: In First Quarter 2022, Taurus North Node natives will feel a shift — perhaps subtle at first, but it will gain steam over the next 18 months. The world starts conforming more to your highest level of expression. Unexpected, destiny level events lead to liberation. Much of this will occur without you needing to “do” anything. Retreat, meditate, you can even “hunker down” until inspiration strikes. Pay attention to strong nudges to take action, but if no nudges come, allow yourself to stand firm in your current position. Change will happen. Your job is to get quiet enough to notice how life rearranges itself around you. Go with the inevitable flow. Allow yourself to thrive and feel secure even in surrounding chaos. The scary stuff is not for you!

GEMINI NORTH NODE: On January 19th, the Sun enters Aquarius and brings a month of harmonious support for your nodal axis. Think best of the old, re-imagined into the new. Gemini North Node natives need to pay attention to little messages — tiny coincidences that lead you home. Allow your path to meander. You don’t need a straight shot in order to get where you’re going. Make micro-adjustments as needed. In January and February, energies from Capricorn will bring fleeting, yet important insights into relationships and intimacy. When new information comes, it’s OK to tweak your goals and expectations. The closer you get to an intention, the more refined your vision becomes. Love life could heat up in March with supportive trine energy from the Lovers (Mars and Venus) entering fellow Air Sign Aquarius.

CANCER NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 brings both challenging and supportive energies to Cancer North Node Natives. The True North Node’s move into Earthy Taurus offers more compatible energy for your sign than Airy Gemini. Squares from Aries and oppositions from Capricorn urge you to find new balance between form and function. Favor the softer side of life over rigidity. Emotions and relationships matter. A lot! If you’re not happy with your home life, consider upgrades, redecoration or even relocation to a more compatible cocoon. Focus on creating a cozy nest that allows you to rest and let down your guard. Collective energies could get crazy this quarter, especially in February. Not all structures and traditions will remain. Embrace more personal ways of feeling safe and secure.

LEO NORTH NODE: January through March puts strong focus on old patterns and expectations. If something feels like a loss, realize your nodal axis is getting a workout. Anything that falls away will leave you more receptive and better prepared for a brilliant future. You don’t see it yet, but liberation is within your grasp. Pay attention to how much energy or effort situations, tasks and people take. Time flies when your heart sings. Trust your inner enthusiasm and see which things bear fruit. Be honest with yourself: do these fruits taste sweet? If so, go for it. If not, you’ll need to release yourself from the tyranny of others’ expectations. You’re not here to fit in. You’re here to shine. Step into your truth and the right people will find you.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: This is a good quarter to focus on the power of your mind. Physical manifestation follows the formation of intentions, fostered by mental energy. Not everyone benefits from New Year’s Resolutions, but Virgo North Node natives thrive with greater discipline. Instead of daydreaming about a better life, turn those ideas into an official wish list. Healthy routines support you far better than occasional grand gestures. If you don’t have a daily (or at least weekly) to do list, you need one. Tap into that bigger picture Pisces South Node awareness and envision a more positive year. Then, plan for and implement it, bit by bit. If you gained weight in 2021, start 2022 with a cleanse of body and environment. Organizing your inner and external space gives you more confidence, clarity and energy.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 asks you to find a balance between hard work, determination, sacrifice and surrender. Sometimes hard work means slogging through a jungle of should’s, must’s and straight up desire. Because nope, it’s not all about you. Partnership — with humans and unseen helpers — is always “up” for Libra North Node natives. Much more so in January through March. Relationships bring their own rewards. You might need to move more slowly or even shift some of your goals to include the ones you love. You’re not being codependent — you’re learning to cooperate and collaborate. The stakes are different than before. You’ll find safe passage by sharing the burden of those around you. Acknowledge signs of progress, even if situations move slower than you think they should.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: When the transiting North Node moves into your South Node sign, your life path turns 180 from the collective energies. While the collective will face the dark side of Scorpio — your focus turns to its more positive expression: regeneration, rebirth, and renewal. When in doubt, observe things from a spiritual perspective, rather than a more Taurus South Node idea of what’s “real.” Your intuition works well, and you can afford to trust the inner guidance. Don’t let money worries get you down. While the rest of the world might need some lessons in this area, you need to pay attention to the light at the end of the tunnel. If things feels like too much effort, back off a bit. Your blessings will come in unusual ways and from unexpected places. Allow yourself to thrive in any circumstances.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Since May 2020, your life path has felt 180 from those around you as the transiting South Node moved through your North Node sign. When the transiting nodal axis shifts from Gemini/Sagittarius to Taurus/Scorpio, you get released from the intensity. Take stock of perceived losses. What did they open you to receive? How did living 180 from the mainstream world increase faith in your own intuition and spiritual path? You’ll find it easier to make friends now, and things that burned away will illuminate greater truth and love. Difficulties that seemed fated begin to ease as the Universe turns its magnifying glass on other signs. Commit to bolder strides this quarter, and find a way to travel somewhere without restrictions and without compromising your philosophy or religion. Along with your angels, you will find a way.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: First Quarter 2022 brings rewards for hard work in recent years. This quarter involves a lot of Capricorn energy, continuing and amplifying December’s focus on relationships. Powerful magic, regeneration and spiritual insights vie for your attention. How will you seize the opportunities at hand? You can resolve longstanding confusion and any tendencies toward self-sabotage. Release that Cancer South Node habit of feeling like a victim of circumstances. You are where you are. You can’t control people and events, but you can control your reactions. Changing perspective brings you to a higher level of experience. An initiation process takes as long as it takes, but you’ll return as a different being — empowered by hard-earned and invaluable inner resources.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Exercise the power of perception, and foster awareness beyond your own immediate experience. This quarter brings humbling insights that free you from ego wars launched by your Leo South Node. Awakening from the nightmare doesn’t feel good at first, but you can use those experiences to catapult you forward. When seeming loss arrives, look to your left or right. Something always replaces that which fell away. Consider the possibility of a universal benediction: everything aligns for the Highest Good of All, including your own highest good. You’re an important part of a cosmic plan. You don’t need to be the star of the show in order to play a key role. If you let go of a perceived need to dictate the “how,” you’ll find that life surprises you in beautiful ways.

PISCES NORTH NODE: Do you ever feel like Fate directs your course? Like some great Wheel of Fortune in the sky spins a Mystery so vast and so harmonious you can almost hear the Cosmos sing? That’s more than a random daydream or fantasy. You tap into a larger source field of Divine Awareness. When the world gets too much for you and worries overwhelm, spend time in nature or tap into your breath. You can unite passion and intention, as long as you align yourself with the spiritual element first. For you, the “real” world flows outward from the inner experience. When you take time to tune in, you regain that time in positive synchronicities, flashing road signs and wind beneath your wings. Instead of needing to figure everything out, you can go with the flow and get wherever you need to go. Indeed, this is your most efficient route.

Full Moon in Gemini ~ December 18-19 2021

My December 2021 Forecast noted:

December 18 Full Moon in Gemini, 11:36 p.m. Eastern. This “Long Nights Moon” occurs in late Gemini, just hours before Venus stations retrograde. The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon degree emphasizes liberation from the past: THROUGH BANKRUPTCY, SOCIETY GIVES TO AN OVERBURDENED INDIVIDUAL THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN AGAIN. In other words, this final Full Moon of 2021 could feel like a much bigger release than usual. A Cosmic Jubilee.

December 19 Venus stations retrograde in Capricorn and Chiron stations direct in Aries. The Love Goddess will remain retrograde until January 29, 2022. Her journey here affects committed relationships, including business relationships. This initiates a good time to review and re-evaluate success, values and how aesthetics influence your bottom line. Chiron represents both the Wound and the Wounded Healer. With both Chiron and Venus shifting direction on the same day, we can expect extra insights about hurtful relationships and their effects on self-esteem. How can you bring more love to your deepest wounds?

Depending on your location, these astro events occur on the same day or consecutive days. Regardless, the Venus and Chiron stations color and deepen this Full Moon. That Venus conjuncts Pluto — and they both quincunx the Gemini Full Moon — even more tightly links these energies.

The quincunx (150°) aspect (also called “inconjunct”) is often considered a minor aspect. I don’t find that to be the case. You only feel it within 1-2°; however, those pinpricks of awareness generate a lot of light. The quincunx involves two signs that seem to have nothing in common. In this case, Gemini is a Mutable Air Sign, whereas Capricorn’s a Cardinal Earth Sign. The quincunx asks us to integrate these signs, as well as the planets. Moon, Venus and Pluto: the sky throws a dance party and spotlights these unlikely partners. The dance demands rhythm and flow, even if these seem elusive.

In this case, the planets are easier to integrate than their signs. The Moon, Venus and Pluto all deal on some level with emotions. The Moon symbolizes our feelings, how we give and receive nurturing, what we need in order to feel safe. Venus rules relationships and our self-esteem. Pluto rules the deep subconscious realm, including feelings and emotions we don’t know we have. Pluto resists yet craves intimacy, and questions of intimacy can arise with all three of these planets. Pluto also deals with topics of shame and abuse, both of which can lower self-esteem and whether or not we feel we deserve the love and nurturing we need.

This Full Moon will provide insights into the complex dance of intimacy, nurturing and love of self and others.

But what do flirty, flighty Gemini and solid, traditional Capricorn have in common?! How do we integrate these signs?

Well, Gemini makes deals and knows how to negotiate. Capricorn rises to positions of authority. Looking for a win-win could mean finding new balance and flexibility in business and personal relationships in order to strengthen existing structures. With Pluto involved, I think of retrofitting a skyscraper in order to better withstand an earthquake.

Other ways to get the most out of this Full Moon:

Look for insights into new ways of interacting with old relationships.

Explore small, tangible changes to improve your boundaries.

Consider connections between your thoughts and your skin, bones and teeth.

How do small gestures or words affect long-term commitments?

How can you improve communication in order to strengthen shared history?

What short trips support long standing relationships and traditions?

How can you navigate differences while still honoring boundaries and expectations?

Which structures do you need to walk away from?

In which areas is it time to cut your losses and begin anew?

Returning to the Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon reminds us of the opportunity for radical release once we explore such questions.

PHASE 88 (GEMINI 28°): THROUGH BANKRUPTCY, SOCIETY GIVES TO AN OVERBURDENED INDIVIDUAL THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEGIN AGAIN.

KEYNOTE: A release from unbearable pressures, freeing one for new tasks.

Here we have another kind of “leaving behind,” a LIBERATION FROM THE PAST.

This is the final Full Moon of a very intense year. As we approach the turn from 2021 to 2022, allow yourself to explore what worked and what, sadly, never will. Sometimes it takes a little shift to make big changes. Sometimes that shift occurs inside ourselves: when we give ourselves permission to cut our losses and move into the unknown without all the old baggage. Which limiting thoughts and expectations can you leave behind in 2021? What new tasks await your newfound freedom and expansion?

Take a deep breath. Now, let it go with a long exhale. We’re in the homestretch of 2021. Decide what you intend to carry, and that which you can lay to rest.

Pam Gregory ~ Thoughts in December 2021

This sharing from Pam Gregory expresses so many of the things I’ve sensed about current and coming energies. Plus, I find her voice so relaxing. 🙂

December Garden, Portal and Personal Updates

As we ease into the other side of this powerful eclipse and New Moon in Sagittarius, I thought I’d share some grounding photos from the indoor garden. These ones show how the indoors blends with the outside garden, which is largely put to bed for Winter. You can still see various types of kale, collards, parsley, rosemary and green onions outside, but things are mostly sleeping until Spring.

Inside, the Christmas cacti have begun to bloom:

With such short days, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach and onion spouts grow slowly. But they do grow! I turn the trays every other day so that they don’t get lopsided stretching for more light.

I also decided to try my hand at growing indoor mushrooms. This set from ETSY is on Step 2. Per the Mushroom Man LLC’s video, I let the white mycelium grow for about three weeks — until the inside looked mostly white. Last night, David and I sliced open the package and “roughed up the mycelium” with a fork before soaking the substrate for 24 hours:

Later today, I’ll drain the plate and flip things around to start growing pink oyster mushrooms on our kitchen countertop. We’ll see how it goes! Supposedly, we should get two flushes. This is totally an experiment. I love exotic and medicinal mushrooms and thought the pink might perk things up when nothing’s blooming outside.

I do have another blooming plant right now. I always forget what it’s called, but this one reliably puts forth flowers much of the year:

Today also marks the time to paint the garden portion of my next commissioned portal painting. This one has spent a long time in the planning stages, but its timing ties in with the Solar Eclipse. The degree of this extremely karmic eclipse conjuncts the patron’s South Node, so the portal integrates before and after timing. Yesterday I painted desert — and today a garden. More details once I finish!

I have two other portals in process, too, one for myself and one for another patron. Due to the uncanny astrology, this one jumped ahead of the others. I love when astrology confirms an intuitive nudge.

On a more personal note, I always incorporate some manner of garden into my life. I’m typing this post with a henna mud pie on my head. The henna doesn’t change my hair color much, but it does provide a lot of keratin and strength to my hair. I started henna’ing back in 2006, and for me, this nurturing ritual reconnects me throughout fifteen years of transformation. I’ve written about henna and my mood hair before (here and here), but today, it just feels fun to have mud on my head while I make a garden post!

When not covered in mud, I like wearing flowers. This past month concluded a multi-year search for a replacement to my beloved Faery Combat Boots. After a Leprechaun cobbler episode, two visits to a human cobbler for new zippers, and a final confirmation that no cobbler could fix the worn through back of my heels, I knew I needed to retire them. I’ve had those boots for over six years and they’ve taken me through many an adventure — whether walking in a very cold Lake Michigan, hiking in deep snow, or having an NDE after running through the Detroit Airport when Saturn crossed my North Node 2018.

I loved those boots, and they proved extremely difficult to replace. After years of searching and three returns, I finally settled on these that I broke in last Tuesday while wearing a garden inspired dress:

Why do I love Faery Combat Boots so much? No idea, but a good lug sole on a waterproof boot that I can wear with dresses makes me bizarrely happy. Almost as happy as flowers. Combine Faery Combat Boots with a floral dress, pink mushrooms, and Christmas cacti? Seelie stuff.

In these crazy intense times with all their karmic weight, it helps to find the little things that bring a smile to your face and heart. IMHO, the sillier and more delightful, the better. Vibration matters — as in, your vibration creates matter. Surround yourself with more of the energies you wish to experience. Your external world begins to reflect more and more of those back to you in physical form.

Blessed Be … and be the blessing! Happy New Moon in Sagittarius … and congratulations on making it through that karmic doozie of an eclipse!

New Moon in Scorpio ~ November 4, 2021

My November 2021 Forecast noted:

November 4 New Moon in Scorpio, 5:15 p.m. Eastern. This New Moon almost exactly opposes Uranus in Taurus. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon point is: “AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT.” Along with rebellion and revolution, Uranus rules innovation, so this focus on “inventor” and “experiment” amplifies the Uranian flavor, while also fighting against it. Expect the unexpected, and prepare to enter a new, deeper phase.

Dane Rudhyar said, “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.” I do NOT want this post to turn into a political argument, but this is such a perfect example of “As Above, So Below.” There are times when astrology blows my mind, and this is one of them.

Wherever you stand regarding the experimental COVID shots and vaccine mandates, you can’t deny that this issue is “up” right now — pretty much all over the world. The Sabian Symbol for the 13 Scorpio New Moon point is “AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT,” and one of the concluding phrases associated with the 13 Taurus Uranus opposition point is: “COMPULSION FOR GAIN.” No jab, no job!? You can read the rest of the Sabian Symbol descriptions at the above links, but these jumped out at me.

Uranus regards “compulsion” as the ultimate challenge. A battle cry for liberation. It appears that the current issue tearing apart families and friends — and causing many people to leave their known livelihood rather than accept forced experimental injections — has arrived “right on time.” Human evolution requires us to dive deep into those Scorpio waters — exploring the Shadow, shame, hidden and occult power structures, death, destruction, regeneration, and questions of “Power To vs. Power Over.” Uranus adds a revolutionary spark (or lightning strike) to the churning maelstrom.

Fortunately, we have some mitigating factors. Asteroid Minerva tightly conjuncts the New Moon point. Minerva is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Athena — a goddess of wisdom, strategy, justice, law, the arts, trades, and defensive warfare.

Unlike Mars, Minerva does not initiate war. This seems important. Although she doesn’t start wars, she fights hard and smart when challenged or in the face of injustice. Mars is in the mix, loosely conjunct the New Moon, but Minerva very closely conjuncts this point. Her wise influence tempers the sometimes volatile Mars/Uranus opposition. Minerva ties into stories of Arachne, Medusa and Pegasus. She herself is symbolized by an owl.

In another marker of defense, Asteroid Hidalgo conjuncts the New Moon point. Zane Stein features a long write-up of the mythology and history of Hidalgo. At the end, he posits the astrological meaning:

Hidalgo appears to signify self-defense, self-assertion, the need to prove to others that one is right, to stand up for one’s principles, to prove that one is just as good as one’s parents were, to prove to one’s parents that one is worthwhile, to take a risk because the possible rewards promise to increase one’s self-respect or respect one gets from others, to take an action without regard to the consequences, and possibly to heroism.

In closing I’d like to leave you with a few thoughts. Since Hidalgo goes almost to Mars and out past Saturn, it is a link of some kind between Mars and Chiron. A friend has suggested that Hidalgo might be one of the solar system’s ‘anti-bodies’, defending what one IS.

In context of the debates about natural immunity vs. Antibody Dependent Enhancement, Hidalgo’s appearance also seems “right on time.” Even if you’ve managed to sidestep this particular battle, consider other areas in which you feel called to live in more authentic ways. Who are you? How do your choices reflect and protect your innermost truth?

Another encouraging aspect of this New Moon in Scorpio is the conjunction of Mbabamwanawaresa with the New Moon point. According the http://transneptunian-astrology.blogspot.com :

“Mbaba Mwana Waresa is a Zulu goddess of rain, agriculture, and the harvest. She is the goddess of rainbows, a symbol of the link between heaven and Earth. She is particularly revered for teaching the people of Southern Africa the art of making beer (Umqombothi).” (MPC 123452)

Mbaba Mwana Waresa lived in the sky, on a cloud in a house adorned with rainbows. While she was blessing the earth for a lot of rain, she played the bongo [African drum], the sound of which came in the form of distant thunders. She was the daughter of Umvelinqangi, god of heaven and the inner light of creation.

The emotional awareness of the object Mbabamwanawaresa is oriented towards the complexity of the personality, which is based on a wide variety of nuances, which alternate with each other as circumstances require.

The object Mbabamwanawaresa has the ability to constantly perceive details of another person’s personality, until an unexpected change occurs in the conception about that person.

A rainbow goddess whose shapeshifting ability helps people to comprehend nuances. I love it!

In a time of extreme projection and vitriol, we can all benefit from a closer connection between heaven and Earth. Life and love are bigger than soundbites. Miracles occur more often than people notice them. Sometimes they arrive through groups or people we least expect. Open yourself to silver linings and a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

November 2021 Forecast and Fourth Quarter North Node Horoscopes

NOVEMBER 2021 FORECAST

November 2021 brings lots of Scorpio energy, which we’ll feel even more intensely due to oppositions with Uranus and a Full Moon in Taurus, and Squares to Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius. Scorpio both flees from and craves intimacy and truth. The pull toward these is strong, but it requires courage to face the scary and shameful things we prefer to keep hidden — even from ourselves. In its lower manifestation, Scorpio fuels jealousy, envy, greed, shame, and secrecy. Passions of all sorts smolder. In its higher expression, Scorpio offers healing and rebirth, powerful psychic knowing, and the ability to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. When betrayed or abused, Scorpio demands revenge: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Beware the Scorpion’s sting.

November is a deeply powerful month, with Scorpio sextiles to Venus and Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto in the mix adds to the intensity, depth and intimacy, because Pluto rules Scorpio. If you’ve longed for transformation, November brings massive energies to assist. Alchemical transmutation is not only possible. It’s on the Cosmic Calendar. Highlights include:

November 4 New Moon in Scorpio, 5:15 p.m. Eastern. This New Moon almost exactly opposes Uranus in Taurus. The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon point is: “AN INVENTOR PERFORMS A LABORATORY EXPERIMENT.” Along with rebellion and revolution, Uranus rules innovation, so this focus on “invention” and “experiment” amplifies the Uranian flavor, while also fighting against it. Expect the unexpected, and prepare to enter a new, deeper phase.

November 5 Mercury enters Scorpio, and Venus enters Capricorn. The Messenger and the Goddess of Love and Money form a harmonious sextile in Water and Earth. Mercury in Scorpio dives into deep research, explaining hidden things and revealing power and regeneration through words. Venus will spend over four months in Capricorn due to a rare retrograde period in December and January. Venus in Capricorn values commitment, but she wants to feel certain first. Her crisscrossing through Capricorn brings extra attention to love, money, marriage, and traditional values. She wants form and function. How can existing structures become more beautiful and harmonious? How do our financial and relationship decisions reflect our self-esteem?

November 10 Mercury conjunct Mars in Scorpio, square Saturn in Aquarius. An intense day! The Messenger and The Warrior unite in passion, depth, destruction and rebirth. Whatever arises from this meeting creates friction with totalitarian ideologies and restrictions. New understanding emerges from a power struggle between individuals and social or governmental structures. Given the information you have now, which group(s) do you support? At which points do you need freedom to go your own way? What do “tolerance” and “liberty” mean to you?

November 17 Mars opposite Uranus in Taurus. Summon the will and drive to free yourself from old restrictions and expectations. With a small shift — from reckless anger to steely determination — chaotic energies can work to your benefit.

November 19 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Taurus, 3:47 a.m. Eastern. We begin eclipse season with a Full Moon in late Taurus. The Sabian Symbol for this Full Moon is “A WOMAN, PAST HER CHANGE OF LIFE, EXPERIENCES A NEW LOVE.” These energies put strong emphasis on new beginnings that arise from a place of maturity. Pluto trining from Capricorn offers extra determination and empowerment.

November 21 Sun enters Sagittarius. After shining light in the depths of Scorpio, the Sun breaks out in positivity, optimism and growth. It feels easier to have faith even after seeing dark and scary things. We feel the call of Higher Truth, and our intuition and inner knowing light up.

November 23 Sun conjunct South Node in Sagittarius. Light shines on collective karma, especially the consequences of over-confidence and fundamentalism. Emphasis on completion, finishing things up. Our collective faith will be tested, but also strengthened.

November 24 Mercury enters Sagittarius. The depth and darkness of Scorpio becomes a teacher in Sagittarius. Inspired by a bigger picture, we’re able to understand and explain broad concepts. We talk about old patterns, unify differences, and move beyond restrictions. We can do this without holding a grudge. Let bygones be bygones. The next adventure awaits, and the best is yet to come.

November 29 Mars trine Neptune, and Sun conjunct Mercury. Mars trine Neptune fortifies the Spiritual Warrior and offers a chance to bring dreams into reality. Sun conjunct Mercury this same day, gives clear communication and negotiations. If you’ve been fighting for justice, consider opportunities to surrender into a win-win scenario. Don’t gloss over details. Confirm understanding from all sides, but know that peace is possible.

November 30 Sun trine Chiron. This intense month ends on a healing note. Light shines on old wounds and this new clarity offers a chance for the Wounded to become the Wounded Healer. What have you learned from your trials and tribulations? How have your deepest challenges made you a stronger and more compassionate person? What wisdom have you gained through battle scars and heartbreak? “Grace is a power that comes in and transforms a moment to something better.” ~Caroline Myss

How November’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

FOURTH QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: October’s New and Full Moons activate your Aries North Node and Libra South Node axis. Mars — your North Node sign’s ruler — in the opposite sign of Libra for most of October increases the need for integration. Old and new, co-dependent and independent: you’ll need to combine the best of your innate skills and tendencies with what your soul came here to do. When in doubt, take action. Small steps lead to big adventures. Don’t worry about partnership. You’ll find companions on the road. November and December bring squares to your nodal axis, as Venus, Mercury and eventually the Sun join Pluto in Capricorn. Squares trigger productive friction, like the grain of sand that makes an oyster create a pearl. Pay attention to relationship stresses. Irritation signals imbalance. With a small change in attitude, frustration can become determination. Get comfortable with fiery emotions. You can use these to launch desires. Notice uncanny coincidences opening or closing doors. When fear holds you back, nodal axis squares will push you forward. Learn to recognize when you need to stand on your own two feet. Courage comes as you gain experience. Keep going. You’ll like how this story ends.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 brings challenging and empowering energies to Taurus North Node natives. Your Scorpio South Node knows how to face fear and power struggles, but you’re meant to enjoy the finer things of life. It’s not about doom and gloom, fiery ends, and drama. Stop and smell the roses. Really. Slow down and take your time. The intense square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus continues to create friction all quarter with a finale on Christmas Eve. This energy affects the entire world trying to re-balance questions of empowerment vs. slavery, top-down authority vs. grassroots liberation and innovation. As this unfolds around you, allow yourself the time and space to get grounded. Change is inevitable. It will happen whether or not you dive into the fray. Pay attention to your body as an accurate barometer of what to do — and how and when to do it. Release the fear of missing out. It’s OK to stay home and putter under the radar. November 19 or 20 (depending on your timezone) brings a Full Moon in Taurus, Partial Lunar Eclipse. Use this time to honor whatever most serves you, your body and your values. December offers extra empowerment, so get clear on what makes you feel comfortable, secure and well-nourished. Then ask for more, please!

GEMINI NORTH NODE: This is the last Full Quarter of the True North Node’s transit through Gemini. Get curious and embrace paradox. It’s time to gather the blessings of collective energies in your destiny sign. December 18 features a Full Moon in Gemini. Pay extra attention to signs and synchronicities. In January 2022, the True North Node moves into Taurus, triggering a slower, Earthy cycle. Let your mind wander and wonder before things settle down next year. Which themes dominated your life 18-20 years ago? Who and how are you now? “God is in the details,” so don’t discount small victories and adjustments. How have you changed since the North Node entered your sign in May 2020? What mind-blowing information did you find? What dogma did you forgo? Which old patterns and relationships did you learn from and release? You deserve some fun after all that hard work. Declare yourself a new holiday to celebrate. Who cares if it seems silly?! It’s OK to mix things up a bit. Combine traditions, start your own. You don’t need to do this every year, and you don’t need to do it “right.” You don’t even need to do it at all. Having a Gemini North Node means you always have options. December 18 or 19 (depending on your timezone) brings the Full Moon in Gemini. This is a good time to release anything that no longer serves.

CANCER NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 ups the intensity for Cancer North Node natives. Supportive Water energy trines from planets in Scorpio and Pisces, while planets in Capricorn sort through whatever you need to release from your past. Relationships and self-esteem are “up.” In which ways do you tend to over-manage or over-control? Liberator Uranus continues his beneficial sextile from Taurus, so you’ve got extra impetus to change. The Moon rules your North Node sign, and you’re more sensitive than most to the Moon’s phases. Pay attention to Waxing (increasing) and Waning (decreasing) energies. Moving in cycles can ease resistance. The October New and Full Moons create friction from Libra and Aries. Irritation can fuel desire. If you feel exasperated or world weary, ask what your frustration tells you that you do want. Soften the urge to control, and welcome more nurturing, gentle energies. November’s New and Full Moons offer easier energies for you from Scorpio and Taurus. The month of December could bring up old lovers or force you to release attachments that no longer serve. Commitments, business, and financial decisions will need to reflect evolving values.

LEO NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter presents challenges from planets in Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus, but support from those in Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius. You’ll do better focusing on relationships than finances. The money will come, but current energies suggest more attention to your heart than your head. Spend time with people and activities that make your heart sing. December’s New and Full Moons will give you insight into larger projects and sharing. Don’t worry if some projects aren’t moving forward as fast as you’d like. The ongoing Saturn square Uranus energies create T-squares and even some Grand Crosses with your nodal axis and planets moving through Scorpio. Trust the Universe to work things out in proper time and place. The cosmic orchestra’s playing your song, even if you can’t hear the music. A lot of delicate readjustments take place from October thru December. You might want to rebel and kick out the jambs, but the King of the Jungle knows when to hunt and when to rest. If things aren’t moving at your desired pace, dive into a creative distraction. You’ll have something to show for this time, and the results could make you proud. Take an internet break, go outside, and get your blood moving. Exercise gets you out of your head and back in touch with your heart.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: You benefit from harmonious planetary transits in Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. This quarter could bring a dramatic end to old patterns that really need to go. “If not this, then something better.” Make a list of preferred upgrades in your life and consider implementing them as energies support positive shifts. Your preferences matter, and paying attention to these helps you recognize better opportunities. It’s easier to upgrade than quit addictions cold turkey. Going into the holiday season might tempt you to dial back the discipline, but you’ll get so much more from this time if you stick to your healthy routines. If you don’t have healthy routines, then that’s your first step. Keep your to do list handy and refer to it throughout the day. You’ll get more done if you start early. Your Pisces South Node likes to procrastinate, but your soul longs to check off accomplishments. Motivation breeds more motivation. When you show up, you build energy and momentum to keep showing up. December invites you to reconsider values, business decisions, and relationships. Which ones stimulate your mind? Which ones make day to day life feel grounded and productive? Each moment brings a choice point. Practice choosing, again and again. Little choices create the bigger picture. Your sweeping visions need regular tending through real world tasks.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: October is your month! With the Sun and Mars in Libra for most of October, your North Node receives light, willpower and drive. Pay attention to what seem like destiny level opportunities to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects. Life rearranges itself to get you back on track — or further along if you’re already moving in the right direction. November and December bring squares to your nodal axis, as Venus, Mercury and eventually the Sun join Pluto in Capricorn. Squares trigger productive friction, like the grain of sand that makes an oyster create a pearl. If things feel impossible to do alone, ask someone for help. When two or more join forces and pull in the same direction, work flows easier. Your South Node old ways encouraged you to go lone wolf, but your soul longs to partner with other souls. If your love life isn’t what you’d hoped for, Fourth Quarter urges you to explore relationship patterns, blocks, hopes and dreams. What role do beauty, harmony and balance play in your life? How could you bring more of these into day to day activities? This is a good quarter to shift your appearance. If you’ve thought about changing your hairdo, nourishing your skin, or changing your wardrobe, go for it. If you have trouble losing weight, find an exercise buddy or join an online yoga community. Accountability and camaraderie will increase motivation.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 is Scorpio Season! These three months bring direct activations with all the planets moving through Scorpio, but also some gentle support from planets in Capricorn. Transition seasons like Spring and Fall offer energies that support clearing out in preparation for renewal. If you feel the urge to purge, follow those instincts. You’ll make space for something deeper, more soulful and regenerating to take its place. November 4 or 5 (depending on your timezone) gives a powerful reset with the New Moon in Scorpio. November 19 features a Full Moon in Taurus Lunar Eclipse, putting the Moon in your South Node sign and the Sun in your North Node sign. Even partial eclipses amplify lunar energies. Use this one to gain clarity about old relationships, habits, and patterns you would do well to release. It’s often easier to upgrade than to quit addictions. Pray for guidance. The things you fear releasing might better serve you in a slightly altered form. Not all changes occur at once. A caterpillar goes into cocoon phase before it becomes a butterfly. Even when the butterfly leaves the cocoon, it needs to wait for its wings to dry. Careful, tender and gentle attention are appropriate right now. Background energies support necessary shifts in perfect timing. Not too fast, not too slow — just right.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Since May 2020, you’ve lived 180° from collective energies, with the transiting True North Node in your South Node sign, and the transiting South Node in your North Node sign. This is the last Full Quarter where things will feel so inverted. It’s always important to march to the beat of your own drum, but especially so from May 2020 through mid-January 2022. This transit worked as a cosmic, karmic clean-up crew, clearing away debris for a more efficient journey. Which distractions, habits, or relationships fell away? How have you refined your education, spirituality and philosophy of life? How have you honed your intuition? Which literal or metaphorical places have you moved beyond? December 3 or 4 (depending on your timezone) features a New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. Pay special attention to insights in and around the eclipse, and take time to integrate. Beware of information overload in Fourth Quarter 2021. Periodic silent retreats might become necessary. If so, don’t apologize. Recharging allows you to walk your talk. Consider a social media or news fast if you can’t do a full silent retreat. Unplugging even for a little while will expand your horizons and your heart.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 brings supportive energy and North Node activations from all the planets moving through Scorpio and Capricorn. Relationships, values and financial shifts intensify in late October through the rest of the year. Intense doesn’t necessarily mean “bad,” but people and events will touch you to the depths of your soul. This theme grows even stronger in December, as transiting Venus makes a rare retrograde through your North Node sign. Venus stations retrograde in Capricorn on the 19th, followed by the Sun entering Capricorn on the 21st. Because of the retrograde activity, the Love Goddess conjuncts Pluto twice in December — on the 11th and then again on Christmas. This extra deep and intimate activity by Venus will affect the entire collective. For Cappy North Node natives, the long Venus transit offers destiny level shifts in relationships, finances, beauty and self-esteem. This is also a good quarter to review your 2021 and your goals for next year. On December 30, Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Pay attention to intuitive insights and opportunities for transmutation. Capricorn’s a grounded Earth sign. You can “manage” reality by guiding powerful ideas into form and structure in the visible realm.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: With Saturn and then Jupiter moving forward again in October, Aquarius North Node natives will sense an end to some of the gridlock. Exactly how and when this inner shift occurs depends on the degree of your North Node, but Aquarian’s are more linked into group consciousness than they realize. What affects one affects us all — on some level. Ponder that connection and the different ways it could play out. It’s not always “my way or the highway.” Sometimes you feel like a cosmic weirdo, and that’s OK. Local community would be nice, but it doesn’t come by forcing people to see things your way. If you feel isolated, ask, “What can I do to facilitate the highest good of all?” Trust the answer, even if it says to stay home and meditate. Your mind is powerful! Fourth Quarter will present challenges from planets in Scorpio and Taurus, but support from those in Gemini and Libra. Keep your cool. Everything’s moving into alignment. Looking back to Winter Solstice 2020 (Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere), how has your perspective changed? Which things are worth fighting for, and at which battles have you declared a truce? What do “human evolution” and “liberation” have in common?

PISCES NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 might feel a bit blurred around the edges. If so, no worries. Sharp lines and clear judgments are overrated. Water and Earth energies move around and through you like changing tides on an ocean shore. If you get stressed out, come back to the breath — in and out, then in and out. You carry this instant reset with you whatever happens and wherever you go. As they say, “Worry is like praying for something you don’t want.” Focus on beauty, harmony and unconditional compassion, including for yourself. With the energies from Scorpio trining Pisces, deep feelings arise. Neptune continues his sojourn in home sign Pisces, and co-Ruler Jupiter returns on December 28. Your faith returns, honed and strengthened. Relationships deepen. This might occur on psychic, dream and spiritual levels where you feel connections without tangible proof. Try not to over-analyze. There is much more to this world than meets the eye or the Virgo South Node. Your feelings are valid, but they might not mean what you think they mean. Open yourself to wider possibilities. You’ll find better guidance from signs and synchronicities than logic. Prayer and meditation are practical actions for Pisces North Node natives.

Denial and Liberation

I came across a post from January 2016, early on in the United States’ first Pluto Return. Now, almost six years later, we’re much closer to exact. As we enter Scorpio season, even more Plutonian energies arise from the depths. I’ve updated the post for late 2021, but it didn’t require much tweaking. We are in it! Fortunately, after the death and destruction, Pluto and Scorpio specialize in rebirth, regeneration and renewal. When we face our shame and fears, we transmute them. This post explores some ways to do that:

Charles Dickens said it, and I agree, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

After so many phone sessions and other conversations, I feel I need to re-acknowledge that yes, amidst all the insanity out there, all the people dying, lockdowns and mandates, supply chain disruptions, the supposedly tanking global economy, all the long term relationships splitting up, and whatever else your news feed, neighbors or own life is stirring up … I can assure you that some truly wonderful, magical, long held dreams, and heartfelt desires are coming into being. All. Over. The. World. People I know, clients, friends, relatives … some real, live people are right this moment finding roads to authenticity and peace spread wide before them.

Tania Marie and I were discussing this polarity today — of extraordinarily amazing things happening while the rest of the world seems to fall apart — and we agree that one key factor is how someone deals with denial.

For people who’ve spent months, years or decades facing down their Shadows, inner demons, and the exasperating uncertainties of life, the world’s chaos keeps opening and aligning grand opportunities for healing, joy and liberation. To quote Nietzsche, “Remember, one must have chaos inside in order to birth a dancing star.” If that idea challenges you, then you might want to treat yourself to some remedial Joanna Macy.

Like it or not, denial continues to become more and more difficult to maintain.

I’ve watched without surprise as supposedly “perfect relationships” “broke up out of nowhere … people who’ve been together forever!” Only the rosiest glasses could have failed to read the writing on those couples’ walls, and yet … many bystanders find themselves reeling with shock right now. Relationship endings can disappoint and traumatize, but when a relationship requires one or both people to live a lie in order to maintain it, then the energies of our times no longer support that relationship. We live in awakening times. You can fight awakening and the responsibility it brings, but not without consequences.

For as many people grieving the loss of a relationship, I know at least as many people celebrating their liberation from co-dependence and/or abuse. The current energies support the desire and right to live in mutual respect. Current energies also support the courage to demand that respect and the means to leave situations in which others refuse to honor healthy and respectful boundaries.

Regardless of heart strings — or maybe because of the strong pull on them right now — denial no longer remains an easy option. 

Whether in other countries or inside your own private turmoil, if you want support from the current energies, it’s time to look your fear in the face. Contrary to the saying, not all fear is “false evidence appearing real.” Sometimes fear comes as a valid warning of things way out of balance. Learning to discern real fear can help you to avoid unnecessary trauma. You don’t want to get swallowed or paralyzed by fear, but assessing the situation that triggered fear and then addressing that situation, opens possibilities for positive change and renewal. Refusing to assess and address fearful situations does not make them go away. It turns them into bigger Shadows, threats and manifested traumas until you learn to navigate the scary spots.

Read some faery tales. The real ones, not Disney. Real wisdom lies hidden in those stories from the Brothers Grimm and old folk tales. Happy endings don’t always occur, but when they do, they happen because the hero or heroine faced the fear, activated creativity, and managed to align with help from beyond. You can do that, too. Whatever fear or despair you face, whatever floor just dropped from underneath you, you can find a way to integrate that experience into a rich, authentic and ultimately more fulfilling life trajectory. Loss of innocence hurts, but it also heals.

If you’re one of those magical people experiencing all manner of blessings in life right now, don’t feel afraid to share your stories, triumphs and joy with others. People need to know of other possibilities. They need to know a phoenix can and does rise from its own funeral pyre. Don’t feel ashamed of your blessings. It’s OK to ask for help, but it’s also perfectly permissible — necessary even — to scatter pixie dust and radiate joy to a scared and grieving world.

Peace in, peace out.

October 2021 Forecast and Fourth Quarter North Node Horoscopes

OCTOBER 2021 FORECAST

October 2021 marks a time when long delayed situations can finally move forward. Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury all turn direct this month. We’ve spent the time in retrograde — reconsidering, reviewing, revising. The collective rubber bands have been stretched way back, almost to breaking point. The initial springs forward could snap and sting. Fortunately, these planets turn direct while the Sun remains in balanced, diplomatic Libra. On October 23, the Sun moves into Scorpio, bringing light to the depths.

Scorpio is passionate and thorough with a penchant for hidden, shadow and taboo topics. Libra’s Justice comes from mutual respect, relationships and the Law, whereas Scorpio demands an eye for an eye. If Libra’s results aren’t fair, the Scorpion will sting much harder. Be mindful of these background energies as we move through the month.

October 1 Mercury square Pluto, Venus square Jupiter, and Venus sextile Pluto. The month begins as grace, largesse, and tolerance buffer intense revelations and a deeper understanding of Shadow topics. This time period favors passion, thorough research, and shamanic awareness.

October 6 New Moon in Libra at 7:05 a.m. Eastern time, and Pluto stations direct at 2:29 p.m. This New Moon gets supercharged by Mars conjunct the Sun and Moon, followed by Pluto’s seismic shift just hours later. Mars brings action, drive and passion to this reset. If you’ve been waiting for a cosmic “Go!,” today seems equivalent to the Universe saying “On your mark.”

October 7 Venus enters Sagittarius. Time to lighten up! From September 10 until today, Venus smoldered in Scorpio. Venus in Sag feels less intense, less serious, more optimistic and adventurous. She won’t like restriction, but she can help us look on the bright side. Self-esteem increases, and we seek and value Truth with a capital T.

October 10 Saturn stations direct. If the transits of October 6 announce, “On your mark,” then Saturn stationing direct is “Get set.”

October 18 Jupiter and Mercury station direct. This is “Go!” Can you feel the tides of fortune and information shift? Optimism, truth, faith, and clarity begin to return after months of soul searching and all the re’s. Review, reassess, revamp, return. This shift might not occur all at once, but today the sea change of direct planets lets loose.

October 20 Full Moon in Aries at 10:57 a.m. Eastern. The axis for this “Blood Moon” squares Pluto, so it will feel extra deep and intense. The Sabian Symbol for the Sun point of this Full Moon is “A MAN BECOMING AWARE OF SPIRITUAL FORCES SURROUNDING AND ASSISTING HIM.” With the Moon point opposite Mars in Libra, we’re invited to join forces within a community of spiritual warriors. In the days following this Full Moon, Mars continues to square Pluto, pitting the power of the individual against hidden forces and deeply entrenched oppression. Alone, the battle feels overwhelming. But when individuals join together in cooperation and solidarity, we win.

October 23 Sun enters Scorpio. The Sun shines light on deep, dark mysteries and manipulation. Scorpio is a Fixed Water sign that emphasizes emotions and questions of Power To vs. Power Over. The Sun moving through Scorpio will oppose and square energies in Aquarius and Taurus, adding oomph to the Saturn-Uranus squares whose energies color all of 2021. Meticulous, relentless research reveals hidden things. We might not like what we see, but Scorpio offers more than just a sting. The destruction of what no longer serves triggers healing and renewal.

October 30 Mars enters Scorpio. Traditional ruler of Scorpio, Mars feels strong and passionate here. Beware of bullies, but this next six weeks could also bring empowerment and steely determination. Follow your intuition, and take action from a place of deep conviction.

October 31 Halloween. Celtic New Year’s Eve, All Hallow’s Eve, also known as Samhain (SOW-en) offers a natural hinge point. Remember your ancestors — both biological and kindred spirits from long ago. We live in unusual times, but others have faced similar challenges. Draw upon ancient wisdom, poetry, prayer, sacred stories, and a sense of awe. Grace arrives when all hope seems lost. Every death births something new.

How October’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

FOURTH QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: October’s New and Full Moons activate your Aries North Node and Libra South Node axis. Mars — your North Node sign’s ruler — in the opposite sign of Libra for most of October increases the need for integration. Old and new, co-dependent and independent: you’ll need to combine the best of your innate skills and tendencies with what your soul came here to do. When in doubt, take action. Small steps lead to big adventures. Don’t worry about partnership. You’ll find companions on the road. November and December bring squares to your nodal axis, as Venus, Mercury and eventually the Sun join Pluto in Capricorn. Squares trigger productive friction, like the grain of sand that makes an oyster create a pearl. Pay attention to relationship stresses. Irritation signals imbalance. With a small change in attitude, frustration can become determination. Get comfortable with fiery emotions. You can use these to launch desires. Notice uncanny coincidences opening or closing doors. When fear holds you back, nodal axis squares will push you forward. Learn to recognize when you need to stand on your own two feet. Courage comes as you gain experience. Keep going. You’ll like how this story ends.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 brings challenging and empowering energies to Taurus North Node natives. Your Scorpio South Node knows how to face fear and power struggles, but you’re meant to enjoy the finer things of life. It’s not about doom and gloom, fiery ends, and drama. Stop and smell the roses. Really. Slow down and take your time. The intense square between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus continues to create friction all quarter with a finale on Christmas Eve. This energy affects the entire world trying to re-balance questions of empowerment vs. slavery, top-down authority vs. grassroots liberation and innovation. As this unfolds around you, allow yourself the time and space to get grounded. Change is inevitable. It will happen whether or not you dive into the fray. Pay attention to your body as an accurate barometer of what to do — and how and when to do it. Release the fear of missing out. It’s OK to stay home and putter under the radar. November 19 or 20 (depending on your timezone) brings a Full Moon in Taurus, Partial Lunar Eclipse. Use this time to honor whatever most serves you, your body and your values. December offers extra empowerment, so get clear on what makes you feel comfortable, secure and well-nourished. Then ask for more, please!

GEMINI NORTH NODE: This is the last Full Quarter of the True North Node’s transit through Gemini. Get curious and embrace paradox. It’s time to gather the blessings of collective energies in your destiny sign. December 18 features a Full Moon in Gemini. Pay extra attention to signs and synchronicities. In January 2022, the True North Node moves into Taurus, triggering a slower, Earthy cycle. Let your mind wander and wonder before things settle down next year. Which themes dominated your life 18-20 years ago? Who and how are you now? “God is in the details,” so don’t discount small victories and adjustments. How have you changed since the North Node entered your sign in May 2020? What mind-blowing information did you find? What dogma did you forgo? Which old patterns and relationships did you learn from and release? You deserve some fun after all that hard work. Declare yourself a new holiday to celebrate. Who cares if it seems silly?! It’s OK to mix things up a bit. Combine traditions, start your own. You don’t need to do this every year, and you don’t need to do it “right.” You don’t even need to do it at all. Having a Gemini North Node means you always have options. December 18 or 19 (depending on your timezone) brings the Full Moon in Gemini. This is a good time to release anything that no longer serves.

CANCER NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 ups the intensity for Cancer North Node natives. Supportive Water energy trines from planets in Scorpio and Pisces, while planets in Capricorn sort through whatever you need to release from your past. Relationships and self-esteem are “up.” In which ways do you tend to over-manage or over-control? Liberator Uranus continues his beneficial sextile from Taurus, so you’ve got extra impetus to change. The Moon rules your North Node sign, and you’re more sensitive than most to the Moon’s phases. Pay attention to Waxing (increasing) and Waning (decreasing) energies. Moving in cycles can ease resistance. The October New and Full Moons create friction from Libra and Aries. Irritation can fuel desire. If you feel exasperated or world weary, ask what your frustration tells you that you do want. Soften the urge to control, and welcome more nurturing, gentle energies. November’s New and Full Moons offer easier energies for you from Scorpio and Taurus. The month of December could bring up old lovers or force you to release attachments that no longer serve. Commitments, business, and financial decisions will need to reflect evolving values.

LEO NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter presents challenges from planets in Scorpio, Aquarius, and Taurus, but support from those in Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius. You’ll do better focusing on relationships than finances. The money will come, but current energies suggest more attention to your heart than your head. Spend time with people and activities that make your heart sing. December’s New and Full Moons will give you insight into larger projects and sharing. Don’t worry if some projects aren’t moving forward as fast as you’d like. The ongoing Saturn square Uranus energies create T-squares and even some Grand Crosses with your nodal axis and planets moving through Scorpio. Trust the Universe to work things out in proper time and place. The cosmic orchestra’s playing your song, even if you can’t hear the music. A lot of delicate readjustments take place from October thru December. You might want to rebel and kick out the jambs, but the King of the Jungle knows when to hunt and when to rest. If things aren’t moving at your desired pace, dive into a creative distraction. You’ll have something to show for this time, and the results could make you proud. Take an internet break, go outside, and get your blood moving. Exercise gets you out of your head and back in touch with your heart.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: You benefit from harmonious planetary transits in Taurus, Scorpio and Capricorn. This quarter could bring a dramatic end to old patterns that really need to go. “If not this, then something better.” Make a list of preferred upgrades in your life and consider implementing them as energies support positive shifts. Your preferences matter, and paying attention to these helps you recognize better opportunities. It’s easier to upgrade than quit addictions cold turkey. Going into the holiday season might tempt you to dial back the discipline, but you’ll get so much more from this time if you stick to your healthy routines. If you don’t have healthy routines, then that’s your first step. Keep your to do list handy and refer to it throughout the day. You’ll get more done if you start early. Your Pisces South Node likes to procrastinate, but your soul longs to check off accomplishments. Motivation breeds more motivation. When you show up, you build energy and momentum to keep showing up. December invites you to reconsider values, business decisions, and relationships. Which ones stimulate your mind? Which ones make day to day life feel grounded and productive? Each moment brings a choice point. Practice choosing, again and again. Little choices create the bigger picture. Your sweeping visions need regular tending through real world tasks.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: October is your month! With the Sun and Mars in Libra for most of October, your North Node receives light, willpower and drive. Pay attention to what seem like destiny level opportunities to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects. Life rearranges itself to get you back on track — or further along if you’re already moving in the right direction. November and December bring squares to your nodal axis, as Venus, Mercury and eventually the Sun join Pluto in Capricorn. Squares trigger productive friction, like the grain of sand that makes an oyster create a pearl. If things feel impossible to do alone, ask someone for help. When two or more join forces and pull in the same direction, work flows easier. Your South Node old ways encouraged you to go lone wolf, but your soul longs to partner with other souls. If your love life isn’t what you’d hoped for, Fourth Quarter urges you to explore relationship patterns, blocks, hopes and dreams. What role do beauty, harmony and balance play in your life? How could you bring more of these into day to day activities? This is a good quarter to shift your appearance. If you’ve thought about changing your hairdo, nourishing your skin, or changing your wardrobe, go for it. If you have trouble losing weight, find an exercise buddy or join an online yoga community. Accountability and camaraderie will increase motivation.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 is Scorpio Season! These three months bring direct activations with all the planets moving through Scorpio, but also some gentle support from planets in Capricorn. Transition seasons like Spring and Fall offer energies that support clearing out in preparation for renewal. If you feel the urge to purge, follow those instincts. You’ll make space for something deeper, more soulful and regenerating to take its place. November 4 or 5 (depending on your timezone) gives a powerful reset with the New Moon in Scorpio. November 19 features a Full Moon in Taurus Lunar Eclipse, putting the Moon in your South Node sign and the Sun in your North Node sign. Even partial eclipses amplify lunar energies. Use this one to gain clarity about old relationships, habits, and patterns you would do well to release. It’s often easier to upgrade than to quit addictions. Pray for guidance. The things you fear releasing might better serve you in a slightly altered form. Not all changes occur at once. A caterpillar goes into cocoon phase before it becomes a butterfly. Even when the butterfly leaves the cocoon, it needs to wait for its wings to dry. Careful, tender and gentle attention are appropriate right now. Background energies support necessary shifts in perfect timing. Not too fast, not too slow — just right.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Since May 2020, you’ve lived 180° from collective energies, with the transiting True North Node in your South Node sign, and the transiting South Node in your North Node sign. This is the last Full Quarter where things will feel so inverted. It’s always important to march to the beat of your own drum, but especially so from May 2020 through mid-January 2022. This transit worked as a cosmic, karmic clean-up crew, clearing away debris for a more efficient journey. Which distractions, habits, or relationships fell away? How have you refined your education, spirituality and philosophy of life? How have you honed your intuition? Which literal or metaphorical places have you moved beyond? December 3 or 4 (depending on your timezone) features a New Moon Total Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. Pay special attention to insights in and around the eclipse, and take time to integrate. Beware of information overload in Fourth Quarter 2021. Periodic silent retreats might become necessary. If so, don’t apologize. Recharging allows you to walk your talk. Consider a social media or news fast if you can’t do a full silent retreat. Unplugging even for a little while will expand your horizons and your heart.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 brings supportive energy and North Node activations from all the planets moving through Scorpio and Capricorn. Relationships, values and financial shifts intensify in late October through the rest of the year. Intense doesn’t necessarily mean “bad,” but people and events will touch you to the depths of your soul. This theme grows even stronger in December, as transiting Venus makes a rare retrograde through your North Node sign. Venus stations retrograde in Capricorn on the 19th, followed by the Sun entering Capricorn on the 21st. Because of the retrograde activity, the Love Goddess conjuncts Pluto twice in December — on the 11th and then again on Christmas. This extra deep and intimate activity by Venus will affect the entire collective. For Cappy North Node natives, the long Venus transit offers destiny level shifts in relationships, finances, beauty and self-esteem. This is also a good quarter to review your 2021 and your goals for next year. On December 30, Mercury conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn. Pay attention to intuitive insights and opportunities for transmutation. Capricorn’s a grounded Earth sign. You can “manage” reality by guiding powerful ideas into form and structure in the visible realm.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: With Saturn and then Jupiter moving forward again in October, Aquarius North Node natives will sense an end to some of the gridlock. Exactly how and when this inner shift occurs depends on the degree of your North Node, but Aquarian’s are more linked into group consciousness than they realize. What affects one affects us all — on some level. Ponder that connection and the different ways it could play out. It’s not always “my way or the highway.” Sometimes you feel like a cosmic weirdo, and that’s OK. Local community would be nice, but it doesn’t come by forcing people to see things your way. If you feel isolated, ask, “What can I do to facilitate the highest good of all?” Trust the answer, even if it says to stay home and meditate. Your mind is powerful! Fourth Quarter will present challenges from planets in Scorpio and Taurus, but support from those in Gemini and Libra. Keep your cool. Everything’s moving into alignment. Looking back to Winter Solstice 2020 (Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere), how has your perspective changed? Which things are worth fighting for, and at which battles have you declared a truce? What do “human evolution” and “liberation” have in common?

PISCES NORTH NODE: Fourth Quarter 2021 might feel a bit blurred around the edges. If so, no worries. Sharp lines and clear judgments are overrated. Water and Earth energies move around and through you like changing tides on an ocean shore. If you get stressed out, come back to the breath — in and out, then in and out. You carry this instant reset with you whatever happens and wherever you go. As they say, “Worry is like praying for something you don’t want.” Focus on beauty, harmony and unconditional compassion, including for yourself. With the energies from Scorpio trining Pisces, deep feelings arise. Neptune continues his sojourn in home sign Pisces, and co-Ruler Jupiter returns on December 28. Your faith returns, honed and strengthened. Relationships deepen. This might occur on psychic, dream and spiritual levels where you feel connections without tangible proof. Try not to over-analyze. There is much more to this world than meets the eye or the Virgo South Node. Your feelings are valid, but they might not mean what you think they mean. Open yourself to wider possibilities. You’ll find better guidance from signs and synchronicities than logic. Prayer and meditation are practical actions for Pisces North Node natives.

Full Moon in Pisces ~ September 20, 2021

Two days before Equinox we’ll have a Full Moon in Pisces. My September 2021 Forecast notes:

September 20 Full Moon in Pisces at 7:55 p.m. Eastern. Like August 22, this is another void of course Moon, also known as a Moon wobble. It occurs in almost the final degree of the zodiac, with Mercury opposite Jupiter at the same time. These alignments make this Full Moon better for meditation than intention. Allow yourself to receive information beyond the boundaries of normal life. You can take action once the Moon moves into Aries — later that night or early the next day, depending on your timezone — but take some quiet time first. What have you learned over the past month? How has your worldview shifted over the past year? Ponder these questions before initiating.

The Sabian Symbol for 29° Pisces looks like the album cover to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

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The actual degree of the Full Moon is 28°13′ Pisces, but we always round up for Sabian Symbols. As described by Dane Rudhyar:

(PHASE 359 PISCES 29°): LIGHT BREAKING INTO MANY COLORS THROUGH A PRISM.

KEYNOTE: The analytical power of the mind necessary for the formulation of life processes in their many aspects.

Cycles of existence begin in unity and end in what I have called “multi-unity.” At the stage of consummation the many individual differences are totaled; they constitute a sum. Within that sum — a unified total — the inevitability of the future process of differentiation is implied, because every cycle leaves a mass of waste products slowly returning to the unconscious state of chemical matter, of “humus.” What the symbol tells us is that unity will always break again into multiplicity. The “prism” is always there. There is no absolute unity; if anything could be called “absolute” it is the relationship between the One and the Many.

This fourth stage symbol of the concluding five-fold sequence of phases points to the fundamental type of operation in all modes of existence. The most beautiful and seemingly everlasting experience of unity will in time be superseded by the need to attend to a multiplicity of details. Existence implies DIFFERENTIATION.

I find this description comforting at a time when humanity faces consumption by The Borg. I’m not a Star Trek aficianado, but the idea of The Borg always made sense to me. I could feel that pressure to conform to the hive mind, and I know the media, social media, societal and peer pressure have been operating at full tilt. I don’t imbibe in these, but I hear from clients, and I read the energies. These are difficult times for people committed to living from a place of inner integrity, if that inner intergrity happens to diverge from mainstream anything.

This Full Moon reminds us that all unity eventually differentiates. We both merge and separate into all the colors of the rainbow. No matter how perfect or how authoritarian the conformity, at some point, other options appear. With Mercury opposite Jupiter, we would be wise to observe more than pontificate. Too much optimism or impatience could lead to exaggerated statements that return to haunt us. This is doubly important because the Full Moon conjuncts Neptune — ruler of dreamy Pisces, yes, but also a potential marker for confusion.

It’s better to get things right than to rush ahead “where angels fear to tread.” We might catch glimpses of a (much) bigger picture, but this Full Moon suggests we trust things to evolve and reveal themselves in the light of day. For now, be open, curious, and willing to recognize and acknowledge larger forces in play.

“It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow. There would be no rainbows without sunshine and rain.” ~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Two days after this Full Moon, the world recalibrates at Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. For one day, the forces of light and dark are balanced, as we move into the sign of Libra, symbolized by the balanced scales of Justice.

It may not always seem obvious, but there is a cosmic order behind the scenes. Beauty, healing and harmony are available. Trust the process. Rainbows are a sign of hope and a promise of better days ahead. When you’re in a storm, remember to look for future rainbows.

September 2021 Forecast and Third Quarter North Node Horoscopes

September 2021 Forecast

September 2021 requires an introspective look with Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde all month. Mercury stations retrograde in Libra on the 27th. Lawsuits will play a roll this month, whether on personal or collective levels. Things are not as they appear, and this disparity can intensify reactions as we grasp for some sense of control.

Act if and when you feel led, but also take the time you need in order to feel balanced and whole. As Charles Dickens said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It’s OK to focus on devotion, harmony and beauty. It’s also OK to demand justice for yourself and others. When in doubt, ask for higher guidance and support. These are available and highly recommended!

Some highlights this month include:

September 2 Mars in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces. It feels tempting to wallow in discouragement, disillusion and feelings of futility, but something beautiful can come of this time. Deceptions become more obvious, along with a desire to fight for truth. Still, “the fog of war” remains in full effect. If you feel weary and confused, honor this as a collective time of things falling apart. When you don’t know what to do, remember your spiritual side. Pray, imagine, send Reiki, create something lovely and harmonious. In a spiritual battle, such actions do far more than you may think.

September 6 New Moon in Virgo at 8:52 p.m. Eastern, trine Uranus. A harmonious trine of Sun/Moon and Uranus within 0°01′ from exact, marks this grounded New Moon with an extra dose of innovation and liberation. Pay special attention to intuition. Uranian insights arrive like a bolt of lightning. Surprising events could shake up the status quo. Recommended mantra: “If not this, then something better.”

September 10 Venus enters Scorpio. Passion intensifies in romantic relationships, and with regard to deeply held values and self esteem. Intimate desires and issues come to the forefront, as do concepts of “tough love” and “revenge.” Beware the Scorpion’s sting. The next month asks us to address shame through the healing power of love. Honor your emotions, and explore the possibility of commitment.

September 15 Mars enters Libra. Between now and October 30, Mars inhabits the sign ruled by Venus. Opposite the Mars ruled sign Aries, Libra focuses on love, beauty, balance, Justice, compromise and partnership. Although Mars doesn’t feel at home here, this transit might dial back some of the warlike posturing in so many areas these days. Staying balanced will require work, so take time each day to breathe, pray, do yoga, walk — whatever you need to feel supported and integrated.

September 17 Sun trine Pluto. Depending on your timezone, the exact trine could occur on the 16th. In any case, this short transit favors deep investigation, passion, and exploring hidden realms. It also sheds light on narcissists, the plutocracy, and issues of “Power To” or “Power Over.” Which actions empower? Which actions abuse power? In the case of a trine, these issues feel intense and volcanic, but the energies support solutions. We might see a rebalance of power between victims and abusers. Sunlight is a disinfectant, and it turns vampires to dust. Turn on the light, and cockroaches scurry away. Find some symbolic (or literal) way to reclaim your own power and dignity.

September 20 Full Moon in Pisces at 7:55 p.m. Eastern. Like August 22, this is another void of course Moon, also known as a Moon wobble. It occurs in almost the final degree of the zodiac, with Mercury opposite Jupiter at the same time. These alignments make this Full Moon better for meditation than intention. Allow yourself to receive information beyond the boundaries of normal life. You can take action once the Moon moves into Aries — later that night or early the next day, depending on your timezone — but take some quiet time first. What have you learned over the past month? How has your worldview shifted over the past year? Ponder these questions before initiating.

September 22 Sun enters Libra. Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. An opportunity to re-balance the scales of Justice. This same day, Mercury squares Pluto, forcing new revelations and understanding of hidden and Shadow topics. Overall, a potent day and possible hinge point to a new reality.

September 26 Grand Trine in Air. This harmonious event features Mars in Libra, Moon in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. A Grand Trine in Air invites cool headed assessment, deal making, and innovation. The Sun in early Libra and North Node in early Gemini amplify the energies of light and collective recalibration. Air represents the mental realm. In this time of heightened emotions, use this day to step back a bit. Remove yourself from the fray and connect the dots. Which thoughts and actions calm your emotions? What brings you true security? What does “responsible action” involve? A wonderful day to explore the power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction.

September 27 Mercury stations retrograde. This also occurs with Libra Sun trine Gemini North Node. The signature of this Mercury Rx involves new light and understanding of Justice, cooperation, communication and the collective destiny. Review and reevaluate these themes in your own life. How does your micro intersect with the macro world?

September 29 Sun in Libra trine Saturn in Aquarius. The month ends with a strong call to balance top down authority, targeted rebellion, and cooperation. Explore the bright sides of fatherhood/patriarchy, leadership, tradition, and structure. This exploration is extra important if you normally reject these things. Everything offers positives and negatives. With the Sun shining harmoniously on Saturn, we can open our eyes to new foundations and available support.

How September’s sky weather affects you will vary, depending on your entire natal chart, but your North Node Horoscope transcends monthly sky events. That’s because your North Node reveals what your soul came here to do. By midlife, the soul starts longing and pressing us to live our true purpose. At first, it whispers through intuition. Then it knocks a little louder through “coincidences” and external events. When not heard and honored, the soul’s longing can show up as health crises, marriage or work issues, or wondering “is this all there is?” If you feel a need to reinvent yourself, following North Node guidance helps you do that authentically — for you.

Unlike generic Sun Sign horoscopes, which ignore so many other aspects, following North Node guidance will always lead you in the right direction. Doors open, healing happens, relationships improve, and life gets more magical. This monthly column will help you tap into your personal North Node Mojo. When you start living your North Node purpose, we all win, because you not only begin to light up your own life. You light up the world.           – Laura


You can find your North Node sign here which is often different than your Sun sign. (If you’re right on a cusp, consider both options, or book a reading for more clarity.)

THIRD QUARTER 2021 NORTH NODE HOROSCOPES

ARIES NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 offers a chance for rebirth. With wounded healer Chiron still transiting Aries, Pluto still squaring from Capricorn, Saturn sextiling from Aquarius, and Venus and the Sun in Libra (your South Node), this quarter could feel intense. Add to that the supportive activation from the transiting nodal axis, and Aries North Node natives will feel pressured to release, heal and move forward. “Intense” does not mean “negative.” Your Libra South Node interprets intensity as “bad,” but this is not the case for you. Aries thrives on intensity and challenge. You yearn to find better ways to get ahead — financially, in your health, in relationships, and in any latent goal. Own that ambition! You can transform desire into courage. Allow yourself to want and seek. This will feel unnatural or even “wrong” sometimes, but your soul desires more individuation this lifetime. When you take necessary action, you empower others to live in more authentic ways for them. They may learn to do things themselves, or develop other partnerships that meet their needs. You do you. Co-dependence hobbles you and makes you miserable. Aim for excellence and let the chips fall where they may. Make room for pleasant surprises.

TAURUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 turns up the heat on Taurus North Node natives. In addition to a seven year stay of revolutionary Uranus in Taurus, squares from Aquarius and Leo add friction to your nodal axis. Questions will arise about where you’re headed and where you’ve been. Expect some changes in the way you think about the world, but these new energies will work to your benefit. We live in unprecedented times. Your North Node sign asks you to ground lightning strikes of inspiration and radical change into solid, grounded, Earth-loving pursuits. When in doubt, always come back to the Earth Element. Your Scorpio South Node PTSD might feel triggered this quarter, but you’re not here to crash and burn. You came here to live well. You already know about loss and recovery. Your soul wants to experience hope and the rewards of slow, steady movement “as if.” It’s OK to plan for your future. Find ways to build a sense of safety and security. Nurture growth. Your sign’s ruler, Venus, will transit Libra — the other sign she rules — from August 16-September 10, 2021. This transit empowers Venus, and her energies will quincunx your North Node. Make the most of this energy by creating or enjoying more beauty around your home and body.

GEMINI NORTH NODE: As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, the stars align to get you back on path. Your experiences link closely to the collective right now. It might help to ponder the phrase, “As Within, So Without.” Do this with curiosity, not judgment. Your Sagittarius South Node can easily slip into the blame game, and that saps your energy. You can bring the best of the past into a new form in the present. This intense North Node Return every 18 years or so works in your favor. Whatever or whoever falls away does so because they’re not on path for you. “If not this, then something better” is not just a catch phrase. It becomes a guiding force when the transiting North Node passes through your sign. July encourages you to get grounded. This will improve your health and confidence. If you feel like taking a time out in August, follow that nudge. The dog days of summer make for good siestas or even a mini road trip. With a Gemini North Node, you don’t need to go far away to “get away.” Little trips shift your perspective and give a quick recharge. You’ll also save money, so small adventures allow more frequent forays. Above all, you need to add some fun into your life. Don’t get hung up on what’s supposed to be fun. Just focus on little moments of delight.

CANCER NORTH NODE: This quarter starts strong for Cancer North Node natives, with the Sun shining light in Cancer until July 23. The New Moon in Cancer on July 9-10 offers a karmic reset to help you plan for your future. Nostalgia may arise. Seek to balance the best of the past while also acknowledging where you’ve outgrown it. Allow yourself to daydream a little, then spin those fantasies into action. Uranus continues to sextile mid-Cancer from Taurus, bringing an urge to purge, in preparation for the softer side of life. Instead of judging yourself, experiment with viewing yourself in a new light: fresh, innocent. What qualities are you midwifing into being? You’ll recognize balance by how contracted or expansive you feel. Sometimes contractions trigger birth, so pay attention to emotional messages behind any apparent restrictions. Look for overall trends rather than freaking out if you feel the need to readjust. Shifting focus or needing support does not denote failure. Cancer North Node natives need to find a balance between loneliness or over-responsibility for others vs. cozy cooperation. If something stretches your comfort zone, lean into vulnerability. Share your limitations and ask for help. That stiff upper lip no longer serves you.

LEO NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 ramps up your positive North Node activations. Think “mastery.” Hone your craft and embrace those talents. July invites you to deepen your sense of purpose. Find a balance between form and function. Something should look and sound good, but it also needs to work! Full commitment will yield more satisfying results. Increased love of self and others pervades August. Your hard work in relationships begins to pay off as you integrate masculine and feminine, active and passive energies within yourself. Follow your heart, Leo. It leads you well. Take pride in your appearance, too. Really, you are worth it. September brings a chance to “level up” in all areas. Accept opportunities to dance in the spotlight — metaphorical or otherwise. Give yourself permission to engage anything that makes your heart smile. Earlier efforts bear fruit, and it tastes sweeter when you love who you are and what you do. Leo North Node natives know how to tap into the Aquarian energies of 2021 while adding just the right pizzazz. Don’t be afraid to stand out. It’s your destiny.

VIRGO NORTH NODE: This quarter reminds Virgo North Node natives to focus your mind on what you do want, then follow through with whatever steps you can take right now. When you mentally link something under your influence to something beyond your control, the tiniest shifts can start a chain reaction. Beware of your tendency to carry everyone else’s burden. Sometimes that weight grows too heavy. Practice discernment about which tasks are really essential, versus ones that only seem to fall to you. Your Pisces South Node surrenders to it all, whether or not you like it, and whether or not that fits who you’re becoming. Virgo sometimes earns a reputation of being too critical, but your life path requires you to decide what you do or do not want to experience. You don’t need to accept it all; in fact, you’re not supposed to. You don’t need to be all things to everyone. Boundaries allow you to frame relationships in ways that benefit all involved, including you. Use September’s New Moon in Virgo to clear the miasma. When in doubt, check in with your body. What does it tell you about this situation or relationship? Follow your body’s lead, then check in with your mind. When in doubt, the physical and mental realms guide you better than emotions or a too passive spiritual approach.

LIBRA NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 invites you to “pay it forward.” Think “random acts of kindness” and even “service done in secret.” It’s not about personal accolades or taking credit. You’ll find extra satisfaction when you balance scales without making a big deal of it. As the transiting North Node, Saturn and sometimes Jupiter continue to trine your North Node sign, use this quarter to reassess how you give and receive. Venus, your sign ruler, graces Libra from August 16-September 10, 2021. Allow yourself to revel in beauty, harmony and creativity. You don’t always need to fight your way through. You can use your inner fire as a creative spark that brings into being more of the things you love. If you relax from trying to push so far ahead, you’ll find yourself on higher ground, and in good company. As Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Supportive energy from Aquarius makes you more innovative than usual. Look for partnerships that bring out the best in each of you. When you focus on grace, ease and love, you elevate life from mere survival to something exquisite.

SCORPIO NORTH NODE: Use this quarter to focus on feeling safe, secure and discreet. If the world seems like too much right now, then allow yourself a quiet retreat. Take five minutes — or five days — to focus on the cycle of your breath. In, then out, then in, then out. Ride the wave of the breath, and allow it to carry you to distant shores. If you feel trapped, ask to recognize the root of your illusions, and to see your way forward. You’re in a phase of friction, with intense energies squaring your nodal axis. Squares feel uncomfortable, but they produce results! Work these energies to your own advantage. Intuition serves you well, so pay attention. Whenever you see a “problem,” intend to recognize and receive the solution. Sometimes relief will come through other people, and that’s OK. Sometimes you’ll find relief through a deeper connection with your own unconscious or a mystical encounter with the Divine. Your soul wants you to realize how much support you really have. Much of this support comes from the invisible plane, but it does exist. Get in touch with your passions. Who or what gives you courage? Step into your own power by honoring the depth of your experience. Affirm to yourself, “I am strong.” Because you are.

SAGITTARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 urges you to take the best of the past in preparation for a joyful, wise and strong future. As the transiting North Node continues to move through Gemini, you might feel 180 from most people you know. As always — but especially now — your inner guidance will lead you in better directions than mainstream anything. Deepen your connection with kindred spirits, and take time to dance instead of just plodding through life. When the urge for introspection arises, trust that this, too, is necessary and right for you. The transiting South Node, karmic Saturn and wounded healer Chiron bring a “fated” feeling to your encounters. This past year through December 2021 offers subtle (and sometimes dramatic) course corrections. Look back nine and eighteen years ago for insights into potential upgrades from old patterns. Who or what makes you feel strong? In which ways do you inspire and uplift others? Shine light in dark places. Your spirit soars when you find a philosophy of life that calms the chatter. If you feel overwhelmed by “monkey mind,” then mantra meditation can help. Pick a word or phrase in English, Sanskrit or whatever language triggers an expansive heart. Repeat, and ride into the zone.

CAPRICORN NORTH NODE: By late September, what seems like a loss in July will have revealed itself as a cosmic course correction. 2020’s intense dismantling, troubleshooting and restructuring prepared you to weather whatever storms arise. You can lean into your Cancer South Node intuition, but avoid getting lost in your emotions. Take a practical perspective, assessing what works and what doesn’t. Use the sword of truth to cut through confusion and maintain your integrity. Saturn rules Capricorn, and he’s the cosmic taskmaster. With Lord of the Underworld Pluto still in your North Node sign, Wounded Healer Chiron squaring from Aries, and all the July activity in Cancer, you’re not off the hook yet. Pay attention to anything that feels fated. This quarter might seem intense, but you can work these energies to your advantage. When in doubt, opt for “most efficient and functional.” Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty if you make delicious lemonade out of lemons. If your lemonade stand gains accolades, know that you deserve these. Nourish your skin this quarter, and do something to improve your posture. Practicing victory pose builds confidence and helps you step more into a leadership role.

AQUARIUS NORTH NODE: Third Quarter 2021 brings an unusual two Full Moon’s in Aquarius, adding extra energy to Saturn and Jupiter’s foray there. Your South Node also gets triggered by all the activity in Leo. Pay attention to encounters that seem fated. Some offer opportunities for new connection and collaboration, but just as many could involve release of old energies and karmic ties. Look back to mid-February 2021 to see which energies arose around the time of the New Moon in Aquarius. That was a super Aquarian time, and you’ve had six months to integrate those alignments. Take time to reflect on all the elements coming together. Who are you becoming? With Saturn retrograde in Aquarius until October 10, Third Quarter 2021 might still feel unfinished or restrained. Use this time to innovate and tinker with your “plans.” Whenever the North Node gets frequent or persistent hits, we feel the hand of destiny orchestrating events. Your ego might not like that, but your soul appreciates this course correction. Align your inner compass for the next 18 years.

PISCES NORTH NODE: This quarter begins with both of your North Node sign’s co-rulers in Pisces. Jupiter remains in Pisces until July 28, when he moves into Aquarius and then returns to Pisces on December 28. Neptune’s here for the long haul. Jupiter and Neptune make for extra strong Pisces energy, emphasizing beauty faith, and healing. July offers an introspective preview of 2022, so take notes on what you love and what you’d love to experience in more harmonious ways. When planning for your future, always leave room for the Great Mystery with a capital M. Your Virgo South Node wants to know what’s next — along with all the how’s — but that attitude leads to misery. You’ll feel more inspired, grounded and abundant when you prioritize the spiritual and emotional above the material and mental. August could challenge you with continued squares from the transiting nodal axis, as well as quincunx energy from Leo. Whenever you feel worried or discouraged, start a gratitude list. Your Virgo South Node loves lists! A gratitude list not only gives you something to do, it also reminds you of a much larger story unfolding through your life. Quiet power is still power. Allow the still, small voice to guide and soothe.